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The IB governance is composed of:

  • an IB Board of Governors
  • six committees (access and advancement, audit, compensation, education, finance and governance).

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The Board can comprise between 15 and 25 members. Members are elected by the Board on the recommendation of the governance committee, and from nominations presented from the Heads Council, Regional Councils and the Board. To encourage diversity of gender, culture and geography there are only three ex officio positions taken by the director general (non-voting), the chair of the Examining Board and the chair of the Heads Council.

The Board, which appoints the director general, sets the strategic direction of the organization, adopts a mission statement, makes policy, oversees the IB’s financial management, and ensures the autonomy and integrity of the IB Diploma Programme examinations and other student assessment.

The Board has six permanent committees and establishes task force groups as required. Three of the committees represent best governance practice—audit, compensation and governance—and two deal with policy—education and finance. The sixth committee,  the advancement committee, is in the process of being created.

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